Frank,

On Mar 31, 2010, at 8:25 AM, Frank Wood wrote:

Dear Trevor,
Interesting.

However master power political players will soon find a way to make sure they get a nice fat share of the goodies!

And that's the problem. People go starry eyed over cybernetics, VSMs, Law of Requisite of Variety but these add up to nothing if you don't factor in the power politics especially in larger organsiations. 

Also the application is very limited - if it could work it could only work with project teams and not companies as a whole. 

It would have been nice if they had mentioned somewhere on their page facts and figures to back up their claims that it is fair.

Once again this is a good example of people's touching faith in the goodness of human nature! I remember seeing a documentary about an advertising agency who decided to bring in democracy into the workplace. It was sadly hilarious to watch the company nearly go under as it descended into chaos.

So here's a scenario to ponder. I'm working in a company that has the Rewarder Bonus Scheme in use. And as all of us are human we are all subscribers to that well known radio station WIIFM (What's In It For Me). I have the dosh and I look around at my colleagues. Who to give it to? Well obviously those that have been helpful to me or those that could be helpful to me. Am I going to give it to an unsung hero that is or will or has not been of any help to me? Unlikely. Right that's part  1 of the scenario.

Part 2 is where I then start to wonder how I am going to get my bonus regardless of whether I deserve it or not. So I target likely donors who might benefit from my help or networking abilities. Again I'm not likely to help those that are unlikely to give me a bonus (because I've been unwilling or unable to help them).

You can see the mess beginning to emerge :-) 

Another reservation. How would you feel if you got a low bonus or no bonus at all? There's gonna be losers in this as well and I doubt if all or maybe even most of them will be deserved losers. Can you imagine the devastating loss of morale that could emerge?

So what to put in its place?

I used to work for a company where everyone got a bonus. A pot of money was set aside twice a year from the profits. You got 1 point per 1,000 salary and 1 point for every year of service you had there. Yes, the problem of "golden" handcuffs was present but at the same time it worked well and whilst the usual office politics were in operation the line between profits and the effectiveness of your work was there to see.

The beauty of this bonus system is that it is totally independent of any sort of interference apart from the usual ones eg annual salary negotiations. 

The cybernetics of the Rewarder Bonus Scheme may be interesting but what would be more interesting would to be to see how the bad old laws of group dynamics kicks in.

Regards

Frank
 



On 31 Mar 2010, at 11:52, Trevor E Hilder wrote:

Dear all,

The cybernetics of this are interesting!

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